In all fairness regarding The Wire, I don't think I gave it that much due diligence. I think I may have had difficulty being objective because I started hearing about The Wire not that long after Homicide was cancelled and I was really, really disappointed(more like in the depths of despair). I did give it a go but never really connected to it. Maybe I'll try again at some point.
The Sopranos, nah.
(I am pleased to see that some of the actors from Homicide have moved along in future endeavors. Melissa Leo in particular, a national treasure, recently starred in the movie Novitiate and was brilliant for lack of a better word. I've seen Kyle Secor and Andre Braugher in some productions but not in major roles. Pity. If you liked Leo in Treme Kimby, you will love her in Homicide although, one can see that she really hadn't come into her own quite yet. Confidence and the like are evident. Of course the role and the writing do make a huge difference. (Melissa Leo's role in Treme is based on someone I know (as were several of the main characters) so there were some obstacles in being objective).
I was compelled to watch London Spy through to the end immediately because I absolutely needed to know what was going to happen, particularly after Charlotte Rampling came on the scene. What really impressed me after having seen so many spy dramas with James Bond, Jason Bourne and various others is that this was the very first time that the incredible secret that had to be suppressed was really of incredible importance to the extent that every secret service in the world would need every trace of it to be destroyed, so I must give a big bravo to the writer for coming up with such an idea.
As for the (British) -18 rating, actually it was only the very first episode that could be considered to qualify for that. The action and visuals in the other episodes were really quite tame, except for the intense stress.
Casinira said "If you liked Leo in Treme Kimby, you will love her in Homicide although, one can see that she really hadn't come into her own quite yet. Confidence and the like are evident. Of course the role and the writing do make a huge difference.”
Thanks for the input. Homicide is waiting for pickup at the library today! Two whole seasons! And perfect(ly awful) weather to “waste” time on TV viewing.
Also, I note that Mr. Kimby has added Big Little Lies to his list, so I will get to see the last 3/4 of the last episode after re-watching the first 6 1/4 episodes with him.....in a year or so when we can get it from the library on DVD.
Update from the Kimby viewing room. Watched first 3 episodes of HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET and Mr. Kimby has failed to engage. “Is this really OLD?”
I was willing to give it more time to prove itself. I looked up episode ratings on IMDb, and convinced him to skip to #5, which got highest rating of the season. Still not enough to make him want to dedicate hours of his life to this show. (Somebody steer me to a convincing argument, please.)
So we switched to FARGO, Season Two. WOW! We’re both loving it. An all new cast from Season One, but as it’s set in 1979, a couple of the characters ARE returning, as younger versions of themselves, an interesting twist that took us awhile to figure out. Season Two is more of an ensemble cast, whereas season one had a couple very strong characters, especially Billy Bob Thornton’s deliciously evil villain.
Well, we finished FARGO Season Two (and watched Dunkirk) and when we ran out of DVDs, went back to HOMICIDE, at Mr. Kimby’s suggestion. We’re starting to engage with the characters, finally, though Mr. Kimby objects to the way Melissa Leo’s character was drawn. (She’s got great hair, though.)
Library informs us that HOUSE OF CARDS Season Five is in. Will be interesting to watch, knowing that Kevin Spacey has since been canned for his extracurricular activities...
Even though I am always a bit annoyed by remakes of recent series just because the original is from another country and "we don't want to watch their version," recently I was rather impressed by The Night Of (2016) with Riz Ahmed and John Turturro, without having seen the original British production Criminal Justice (2008) with Ben Whishaw and Peter Postlethwaite. Now I have finally seen the original. It's the same story, but there are enough variations to make both of them equally gripping. Of course the British version is a bit raw (nudity) while the American version is a bit rough (prison violence), which sort of indicates in what each country is more interested.
Whilst installing a new cordless headset on the kitchen TV ( so I can have the TV on while I’m making dinner without disturbing Mr. Kimby), I stumbled upon a Downton Abbey marathon that’s being run during the PBS fundraiser. I loved that series, and am happy to be reunited with old friends from seasons past. Not sure what season we’re in, but I suspect #1, because Sibyl is still alive, Mary does not yet like Matthew Crowley, and we just met the new chauffeur Branson. Oh, and the Turkish diplomat just died in Lady Mary’s bed.
Post by patricklondon on Dec 31, 2017 10:45:55 GMT
From one extreme to the other. For cosy, the BBC put out over Christmas a lyrical (for some tastes, too languid) adaptation of Little Women, with Emily Watson and Angela Lansbury. But last night they started the new series of Spiral (Engrenages), in which a dismembered torso is discovered in a heap of rubbish, following which the team identify a possible victim and discover his head in his bathroom, and tonight, they start a new series McMafia with James Norton (he of Happy Valley, War and Peace, and Grantchester), all about a hedge fund manager who finds himself sucked into his Russian gangster father's business.
Has anyone else watched the new incarnation of Howard's End? It's on BBC One in the UK & on Starz in the US. I've watched three of the four parts and can't wait to see the rest. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05mq0t0
Yes, very sumptuous, lyrically filmed and some pretty top-notch acting.
If you liked that you might like the BBC's new version of Little Women, the style of which was very similar (apart from the snow scenes being fairly obviously filmed in the summer!)
We finished HOMICIDE Season One & Two and probably won’t get Season Three, since there’s “so much other good TV to watch”, according to Mr. Kimby.
We also binged on HOUSE OF CARDS Season Five, which wasn’t as engaging as previous seasons, but interesting to watch from the perspective of “what we now know about Kevin Spacey”. And knowing that he was written out while Season Six was being filmed. Now that one should be worth watching!
As BIG LITTLE LIES is getting such good reviews, Mr. Kimby will want to see it (even though it has all the hallmarks of a “chick flick”). Yippee, I’ll get to watch it all over again, and this time, I’ll get to see the conclusion.